WTHR-TV Honored for State Fair Tragedy Coverage, More

WTHR-TV will be honored for its broadcasts with two National Edward R. Murrow Awards on October 8. The coveted prizes recognize outstanding “electronic” journalism at the national level and in TV and radio markets both large and small. Representatives from the station will receive the awards at a ceremony in New York City.

The station’s awards are for separate stories. One comes in the Video Breaking News Coverage category, for reporting on the Indiana State Fair tragedy in August 2011. The other honors producer/editor Steve Rhodes in the Use of Video category, for pieces on personal stories surrounding the 1963 explosion at the Indiana State Fairgrounds Coliseum and also Indy’s “Chicken Limo” driver John Barker.

Here, the coverage of the State Fair aftermath:

See the winning pieces here on the 1963 Coliseum tragedy’s heartwarming coda, and on the “Chicken Limo” entrepreneur:

These compelling broadcast pieces will be honored along with entries from 66 other news outlets, with 99 total awards given by the Radio Television Digital News Association.

WTHR-TV logo via the station’s Facebook page.